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Postdoctoral Research Associate Position with IDEALS


Position Details
The Department of Higher and Postsecondary Education at the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development at New York University is seeking a Postdoctoral Research Associate to contribute to work with the Interfaith Diversity Experiences and Attitudes Longitudinal Study (IDEALS). This survey instrument, developed by Associate Professors Matthew Mayhew and Alyssa Rockenbach assesses the institutional, individual, and interpersonal elements related to religious and spiritual pluralism on college campuses.

The Postdoctoral Associate, supervised by Professor Mayhew, will be responsible for managing day-to-day operations of an ongoing research project. A portion of the incumbent’s time will be dedicated to supporting logistics related to the IDEALS project. This will entail travel to conferences and campuses. Significant opportunities will be presented to co-author publications.

The ideal candidate will have expertise in quantitative analysis, strong writing ability, and interest in or background knowledge of issues related to religious, spiritual, and worldview diversity. A completed Ph.D. in a field related to education or the social sciences is required.

Project Background
A project of Dr. Matthew J. Mayhew, PhD, in collaboration with Dr. Alyssa N. Rockenbach, PhD (NC State University), and the Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC), the Interfaith Diversity Experiences and Attitudes Longitudinal Survey (IDEALS) builds on decades of combined experience in exploring the role of religion and spirituality in college students’ lives. IDEALS is designed to examine the experiences and structures that foster constructive dialogue and the development of meaningful relationships across this important form of difference.

For U.S. college students, issues of worldview difference are pervasive. In a context where international students (who tend to be more spiritually diverse) constitute an increasing peer group, and politicians and media outlets present conflicting messages about faith’s role in society, the challenge of navigating issues of religious and spiritual diversity is ever present. As our society and economies become increasingly interconnected, it is essential that colleges and universities develop students’ ability to understand and engage across religious, spiritual, and other forms of difference.
See: https://steinhardt.nyu.edu/crheo/projects/2ideals.

Position Requirements
The preferred candidate will hold a Ph.D. in a relevant field (higher and postsecondary education, data science, program evaluation, social research methods, etc.), and have a strong commitment to exploring issues of pluralism and worldview difference on college campuses. In addition, the preferred candidate will have demonstrated skills in the following areas:

  • Research project management
    • Coordinate a range of projects related to survey administration logistics, campus relationship maintenance, survey promotion, and findings dissemination
    • Collaborate with a number of research partners, particularly 5 graduate students from NYU and NCSU and 2 professionals at IFYC
  • Communication
    • Facilitate regular communication through weekly calls with IFYC partners and monthly calls with the entire survey team
    • Promote the survey and research findings with external parties (e.g., professional organizations, press outlets) through papers, articles, and presentations
  • Quantitative data collection, analysis, and presentation
    • Able to quickly learn new software programs and work with data in different environments and formats
    • Able to clearly explain and effectively engage a range of audiences with quantitative data and findings
  • Qualitative data collection, analysis and presentation
    • Assist with interview design, coding, and intervention observations for case study component of the survey (experience with case studies methods is preferred.)

Applicant Information
To apply for this position, please submit your CV, a writing sample of quantitative research, and a brief paragraph expressing your interest to Paulina Abaunza.

More information on NYU policies for postdocs.

Application Deadline
The position has competitive compensation plus benefits. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.

Appointment Details
The appointment is renewable pending successful candidate review and available funding. Compensation and Benefits Annual salary ranges from 55-60K depending upon qualifications.